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Old 01-22-16, 08:23 PM
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How Long Would The Food in Your House Last ?

We were joking about the mad rush at the supermarkets every time a storm comes, as if they will be stranded in their homes for weeks.

So, if you really were stranded, how overstocked are you ? Our family of 4 guessed 2 months.

Then my son said "let's do it", meaning live off what we already have. We'd wimp out and have an exception for perishables like fresh veggies & fruit, milk & eggs.

Then we'd finally find out what's in the back of the cabinets.
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Old 01-23-16, 12:57 AM
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A week and a half if I couldn't go outside.
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Two weeks for sure, maybe a month... I tend to stock up and buy cases of stuff, which I keep in the garage. Also have loads of dried beans and rice in 20 lb sacks. And I have maybe a months supply of water. It's called being earthquake ready.

On a regular basis we tend to shop a week at a time, so at any time, I have close to a weeks worth of fresh food in the house... for two.

I also have lots of propane, thus cooking fuel.
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About three weeks; I'm in earthquake country so I've planned it that way. Lots of canned foods (including veggies and fruit) that I constantly use and resupply. Also about three weeks of water. I buy fresh veggies and fruit weekly. Plus enough ammo to fend off those who are not bothering to be prepared for the "big shaker" (I go to the shooting range about 4X/year).

FWIW: I have a floor pump and frame pump for bicycles, so no worries about needing CO2 cartridges to keep bike tires inflated.

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Old 01-23-16, 08:55 AM
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Plus enough ammo to fend off those who are not bothering to be prepared for the "big shaker" (I go to the shooting range about 4X/year).


*yawn*
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The answer to the OP's question might differ as to whether I had electrical power or not.

If things keep up without the loss of power and I keep my consumption rate down, I would be able to keep going as I have for up to 3 weeks or more. There hasn't been loss of power yet, but if the electricity does go down for an indefinite period of time, I believe it would change to 1-2 weeks.
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Easter, easy.
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Long enough to outlast the zombie apocalypse.
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I have no idea, we have tons of diet food and baby food and such that my wife buys and never uses. She bought a can of beets a couple months ago, I imagine it will be there until it ages out.
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Probably 3-4 weeks at my house, maybe 2-3mo if we started rationing immediately. More critical would probably be water. We'd run out of liquid in probably a week max, depending on how many juice boxes we have stocked for school lunches, and if we had time to fill the bathtub. And then there's always the toilet tanks. Hopefully don't have to resort to the bowls...
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If I invite my neighbors over for a "Donner Party," probably until next summer.
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We've got 4 or 6 1kg jars of nutella in the cellar so that's definitely enough calories to keep the 4 of us going for a while. There is other food too.
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Canned food , freezer full of frozen vegetable easily 4 weeks .
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If I invite my neighbors over for a "Donner Party," probably until next summer.
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Originally Posted by Will G View Post
If I invite my neighbors over for a "Donner Party," probably until next summer.
So you captured Donner from Santa's team on Christmas Eve and have a freezer full of venison you're willing to share?

(I actually get your joke though, and it's better than mine, but this is what you could tell your neighbors)
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Old 01-26-16, 12:05 PM
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6 weeks? Maybe.
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Old 01-26-16, 12:58 PM
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Month or so.

Most typical would be a cold emergency, like ice or snow event shutting things down. Beyond that, if SHTF in warmer weather, I don't think there'd be much way around some spoilage of frozen/refrigerated food. I can cook and heat with propane or wood.

But. Ex-no1 and I are on good terms and she's got a pantry that is stocked with enough food for months. And her family farms beef and veggies -- 30 head of cattle would go a long way toward keeping the clan fed, and everyone has all kinds of veggies put up from this past summer. Plus we live semi-rural with all kinds of critters and guns around. Streams and wells.
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If SHTF in warmer weather, I don't think there'd be much way around some spoilage of frozen/refrigerated food.
Good point, I thought about water running out, I didn't think about if there's no electricity how my freezer wouldn't do much good. We'd have to binge-eat all the meat, probably processed stuff like frozen pizzas or burritos would last a while longer.
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Old 01-26-16, 08:24 PM
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Maybe 4 weeks
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maybe a few days. my daughter would probably outlast us as she takes her nutrition through a feeding tube and we usually have plenty of it on hand. Of course...if it's good enough for her...
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